As Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health says, “OSHA’s 1983 Hazard Communication Standard gave workers the right to now.”
Now more than ever, this statement applies to the newly aligned United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System with OSHA’s HazCom standard. Its merging will help facilitate American workers’ safety and make it easier for employers to compete in a globally.
This change includes establishing consistent labels and safety data sheets for all chemicals made in the U.S. and imported. They will also classify chemicals according to their health and physical hazards.
By September of this year, all states with OSHA-approved safety and health regulatory programs must add the GHS amendments to their HazCom programs. “This update will give them the right to understand as well”, says Michaels.
Here is a link to learn more about the system- http://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/ghs.html
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